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4th July 1943

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Events On This Day

In the Mediterranean. Small British land forces raided airfields in Crete at night destroying aircraft on the ground, before withdrawing safely.

General Wladyslaw Sikorski, Polish Prime Minister was returning from an inspection of Polish forces deployed in the Middle East, he was killed, together with his daughter, his Chief of Staff, Tadeusz Klimecki, and seven others, when his plane, a Liberator crashed into the sea after take off from Gibraltar Airport

Eighth Air Force. 237 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers strike in very effective attacks on aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes and also hit submarine yards at La Pallice. Bombing is extremely accurate.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 3-4 July 1943, Wellingtons hit Trapani and Lido di Roma. Leaflets are dropped in Rome area. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Catania and Gerbini airfields. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb 2 satellite airfields near Gerbini. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) light bombers and medium bombers hit airfields at Comiso, Trapani, Sciacca, and Castelvetrano.

Ninth Air Force. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Halifax aircraft bomb Catania, railroad yards during 3-4 July 1943. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Comiso airfield. P-40 fighters escort bombers and convoy and fly sea-search for missing pilot. Fighters claim 3 Me-109's shot down. 4 P-40 fighters are lost.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Shweli road bridge but fail to cause appreciable damage.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers pound Bairoko.

M347 Minesweeper
Commissioned 4 July 1943

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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